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lunacactus@gmail.com     © laurie mckenna. 

In 2002, Laurie McKenna moved  from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Bisbee, Arizona.  Laurie is a cross disciplinary artist (2-d, spoken word, installation, filmmaking)  whose work examines  socio-economic, political, and cultural issues.  Often referencing American history, she  researches, combines and distills personal experience and bereft and dispossessed cultural narratives. 

Laurie is the Executive Director of the nonprofit arts cooperative Central School Project in Bisbee, Arizona.



1998   BFA in Filmmaking, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1985 -1987   Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1981-1983   Theatre/Philosophy, Hampshire College, Hadley, Massachusetts



2017  feature article and cover of Industrial Worker - the Industrial Workers of The World publication

2017  The Cochise County Historical Journal - Rosa McKay article and artwork

2011  Ampersand Journal, Bisbee, AZ   

2002  Regent Press-  poetry  anthology :  An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind



1987   Visiting Artist: performance art & film at  Atelier Kramer, Universität Kunst Kassel, Germany


Group Shows 1989- present

2003- present  various exhibitions and members shows Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ

1993    Jirah Luce House Gallery       Martha’s Vineyard, MA

1993    On The Vineyard Gallery       Martha’s Vineyard, MA

1992    Wooden Tent Gallery            Martha’s Vineyard, MA

1991    Know Your America installation   Muse Artist Coop  MV,  MA



Solo Shows

2019  April - December The Undesirables  Arizona Historical Society Museum - Resilience Exhibition , Tucson, Az

2019 Feb- March - The Undesirables  Tohono Chul Park Gallery , Tucson, Az

2018 August - The Undesirables  Cornelius Projects, San Pedro CA

2017  July - The Undesirables Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ

2013  Rock Paper Fence,  Migrant Center, Agua Prieta, MX- pop up gallery show

2012  Rock  Paper Fence,  Spirit Gallery, Bisbee, Arizona

2006  Know Your America 2,  Bisbee Clay Gallery, Bisbee, Arizona

2008  Memory of Water  Series of Porcelain Tiles, Bisbee Clay Gallery


Film Screenings 1997- present

Arizona Historical Society, Tohono Chul Gallery, Anthology Film Archives NY, Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, Modified Arts Phoenix AZ, Telluride Experimental Cinema Exposition, CO, Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA, Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater   PS 122 NY, NY,  Cinematheque, Brighton, UK, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA, Jaques, Boston MA, Mobius, Boston MA


Producer Eventworks 10 - Mass College of Art   Boston MA          1987 -  Co-Producer and Curator of 5 week  (18 events) Media Arts Festival

Artists: Jack Smith - performance and film screenings, Carolee Schneeman: performance, screening and workshop, Larry Wildman Fischer:performance  Linda Montano: performance and workshop